Sunday, March 30, 2008

"Cuts" liek a knife


I have been reading Laymon for a long time, ever since 992, when I was in college and I was at my local used bookstore and found a copy of The Cellar. I grabbed it up and read it that night, and man was it brutal. The book had everything, vivid characters, great violence and gore, and lots of sex. I was hooked after that and by now I have read around 15 of Laymon's books, anytime Leisure releases a Laymon book I grab it up. A few nights ago I finished Cuts, their latest release of Laymon's catalogue, and it was another great read from him. It was a tight read, unlike some of the latest ones I have read like Savage and the Midnight Tour. I would say this was better than the Midnight Tour but not as good as Savage. I will talk a little about it, but I will try to avoid spoilers, so here it goes. The story involves a young man, Albert Prince, who likes to cut up women and then fuck them. So, of course he is the bad guy, and he really is a vehement character. There are several main characters, there is Janet, a teacher who just found out she was pregnant and found her boyfriend wants an abortion but she doesn't so she leaves him and moves in with her friend Meg. Then there is Ian, an aspiring writer and a school teacher as well, hes a young man, who finds himself in the middle of a lot of the plot. Next is Lester, A husband of another teacher, who is in a loveless marriage and is trying to find a way to be happy again. These really are the 3 main characters, there are other characters that are involved but you never really see their viewpoint, they are mainly there to propel the story forward. Albert kills his first vitims and then goes on a cross country trip killing more along the way until he runs headlong into the main characters, and how the situation revolved has the usual Laymon flair. That isn't the end of the story there is an epilogue at the end, that really seals the deal fort this story. This was another home run by Laymon and I look forward to his next shocker.
4/5

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sundown is coming and other dvd news


I am not too big on posting news, but I just discovered that some of my favorite horror flicks are hitting dvd. The one that whets my appetite the most is Sundown:The Vampire In Retreat. This is a fun little Horror comedy about vampires which stars Bruce Campbell, David Carradine, Maxwell Caufield, M. Emmet Walsh and Deborah Foreman. It's directed by Anthony Hickox(Waxwork, Warlock the Armageddon) Any film that has Campbell as Van Helsing is ok in my book. Lionsgate is releasing it in time for Halloween in October, there are no specs yet but I hope it has a commentary by Hickox at least. In other cool dvd news , I just discovered that Legend films has licensed a bunch of horror classics to finally be released some will hit their website in April, then they will be available at retail outlets in June and July. The Titles include Phase IV, Student Bodies, The Sender, Jekyll and Hyde Together Again, The Skull, The Man Who Could Cheat Death, The Deadly Bees, ZPG, and The Possession of Joel Delaney. You can check these out at WWW.Fangoria.com and http://www.dvddrive-in.com/features/legendfilmspromo.htm It looks as if I'll be adding quite a few films to my already exploding collection.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Fuck you Critics or Doomsday blew my balls off!

I am hear to tell everybody not to listen to the pansy ass pretentious, highbrow film critics that they can blow it out their ass, because they just can't have fun at the movies anymore. Lets just look at a few excerpts from some of these so called critics.
Entertainment Weekly Gregory Kirschling -
Marshall cribs whole sections from other movies (Aliens and The Road Warrior, most blatantly) so baldly that you have to wonder how he'd like it if someone ripped off "The Descent" this egregiously. And let's have one more just for effect. Roger Moore from the Orlando Sentinel.And imagine the first serious competition to the Deutsche dummkopf Uwe Boll as "worst director" working today, thanks to this mad and maddening mash-up genre picture. Now this is just wrong to tyr to compare Marshall with the shitfest that is Uwe Boll's Ouevre. I am biased though cause I have a history of volleying emails to Mr. Moore after he anally raped The Devil's Rejects and Haute Tension, 2 of my recent favorite Horror films. This man just doesn't enjoy horror films and I wonder why he even reviews them since he rarely enjoys them
These and other film critics just don't understand these and other genre films. These are films you are supposed to have fun with, your not supposed to look at these films like it's Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. These are films that you are supposed to come out of and say "hell yeah, that movie blew my fucking balls off." Not, "Ehh, the camerawork was too frenetic and the story was highly improbable." That just pisses me off, but enough ranting for now lets talk about a hell of a kickass movie "Doomsday"
The basic plot for this film Scotland has been sealed off with a huge wall and automated guns after a virus called the Reaper virus came loos and decimated the country. We flash forward 30 years later and it looks as if the virus is making a comeback and this time it's hitting England. The Government enlists a soldier, Sinclair played laconically by the yummy Rhona Mitra, to go beyond the wall and find a doctor who was working on a cure played by malcolm mcdowell, to see if he has a cure since they have satellite photos of people being alive after 30 years of isolation. She leads a special forces unit that goers back into Scotland, and everything is fine until mohawk cannibal punks show up and the fun begins. I could go on but I want people to see the film and not listen to my play by play. Let's just say, this is Neil Marshall's)Dog Soldiers and he Descent) homage to The Road Warrior, Escape From New York and 2019:the Fall of New York. It has a great black humor edge to it. Like the scene where the head cannibal Sol, comes onstage and they play a Fine Young Cannibals song, that was hilarious. The film is bloody as hell and once the action starts it keeps going at a frenetic pace til the end of the film. I have to say the ending has to be one of my favorite endings for any film ever.
The acting was great with Mitra, Mcdowell,bob Hoskins, Sean Pertwee and Alexander Siddig turning in fine performances. The editing was phenomenal too, and this films car chases blew Death Proof away. This is quite different from Marshall's other films. They were small claustrophobic horror films where Doomsday is a balls to the walls scifi action film from beginning to end.
I cannot recommend this film enough, if you are a genre fan, you really need to seek out Doomsday and immerse yourself in this world of guns, explosions and cannibals.
5/5

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Welcome to all readers

Welcome to my little corner of blogger land. I am a fanatic for all things horror related so this blog will mainly be my avenue for that I have alot of free time right now, so I should be posting fairly regularly. Ill be talking about films I love, new films i have seen and assorted horror news that pique my interest and throw out to you guys. As far as what my attitude toward life is I am a sarcastic cynical bastard. So I hope my opinion doesnt offend those with weak constitutions(but to be honest I don't give a flying fuck, but that's just me).
As far as what I dig, John Carpenter is my all time favorite director, even his bad films I believe are better than some peoples best movies. I am a big We Craven fan too, modern Craven not so much(Cursed I am talking to you). ALso, I love and I mean bordering on obsessive Lucio Fulci. The Beyond is my third favorite horror film of all time.. As I go on posting, I'll let you know some of my other favorites.
I am also a big reader, and what a surprise mostly horror. My favorite writers are stephen King, Richard Laymon, Jakc Ketchum, Bentley Little, Brian Keene, Edward Lee, David J Schow, Nancy Collins, John Skipp and Craig Spector and Bryan Smith. These writers just pull me in and get me every time. As I read new books I'll give you guys what I think of them.
I hope i can inform some people on some good horror stuff, and if you dont like snide sarcastic bastards you should probably stay away from. So, until then watch some fucking Horror films!!